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Konrad Hurrell’s partner speaks out following St Helens move

Konrad Hurrell’s partner has taken to Instagram to have her say on the centre’s move from Leeds Rhinos to St Helens.

Hurrell joined the Rhinos ahead of the 2019 season from NRL side Gold Coast Titans and was named in the Super League Dream Team in his first two seasons, scoring 23 times in 55 matches and being crowned a Challenge Cup winner in 2020.

Previous to that he had played seven seasons in the NRL having made his debut with the New Zealand Warriors in 2012. He moved to the Gold Coast in 2016 before scoring for the World All Star team in a win over the Indigenous All Stars. He made a total of 116 NRL appearances scoring 55 tries.

Hurrell has also won 11 caps for Tonga on the international stage, playing in the last two World Cups and links up with his national coach Kristian Woolf once again for 2022.

His move to St Helens has been rumoured for weeks after he reportedly turned down a new contract offer to stay with Leeds, and the news of his transfer to the Totally Wicked Stadium was confirmed on Friday afternoon.

On signing for Saints, Hurrell said: “I am honoured to sign with this team. The Saints have won three titles in the row and are currently the best team in Super League. I am honoured and blessed to have the opportunity because a lot of players and young kids want to play for this team. I am truly grateful.

“I like a challenge and I know it is going to be tough to find a spot in the squad, but it is a challenge I am looking forward to. I am looking forward to proving a point that I can be good enough to be in this team. I want a big pre-season because I know I need to work hard and earn the respect from the boys.

“The one thing I love about the Super League is the fans and hopefully the St Helens fans are looking forward to seeing me in a St Helens jersey and I am looking forward to meeting everyone.”

But, after Saints boss Woolf revealed Hurrell’s struggles in 2021, the Tongan powerhouse’s partner has had her say too.

She said: “Too many people are quick to forget what Koni has been through in the past 18 months. I don’t think many could have walked a second in his shoes. I know I couldn’t. It’s so refreshing to see a coach and club acknowledge and understand what family means.”

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